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Is Inu actually a surname?
I have been told that one of my ancestors had the surname Inu and was orn in 1780. Her ancestors were supposedly from England. I am having trouble researching the name. Can anyone tell me if Inu is actually a surname?
Yours was an interesting question, and here's how I determined INU is in fact a surname, with several derivations: Ino, Eno, Ani, Ana and Inouye to name a few.
I went to www.familysearch.org
, and typed "Inu" without quotes in the last name field before clicking the search button. There hit list included 190 individuals who lived in Japan, the Pacific Islands, Canada, the US even one or two from England and one from Germany.
One entry lists a Robert Inu who married an unnamed woman on Oct 17, 1736 in Gloucester, England. This entry is not a strong lead because the source citation merely mentioned the information has been submitted by an individual. Use the information as a clue. See WHATâ€™S NEXT below.
Also included was a gentleman named WILHELMUS INU who married MARIA HARTHLAUFF June 9, 1704. To obtain a copy of the original church book entry, you could click to discover that the source was an extracted record on LDS microfilm 0176100, of the Katholisch (Catholic) Parish
register transcripts of baptisms, marriages and deaths 1662 - 1809 for Burg (Wupper), Rheinland, Preussen, Germany. Because the source citation references an original record rather than a patron submission, the entry is more likely reliable.
While olâ€™ Myrt here is sure that we could visit other websites for more information about the INU surname, it is essential to work systematically backwards using original documents (most often on microfilm) to establish the links from one generation to the previous. Gather everything you can on the known ancestor for more clues about the place in England where her ancestors were born.
If Gloucester is the right place in England, then begin by looking at church records of christening and marriage in Gloucester. No you donâ€™t have to go there in person. Just see whatâ€™s available on microfilm through www.FamilySearch.org
, and then order and view the films at one of 4,000+ local LDS Family History Centers located throughout the world. Sometime within the next six years nearly all of the 3 million
microfilms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, will be available on the internet. But donâ€™t wait!
Happy family tree climbing!
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